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Ringbrothers Worked Its Restomod Magic On This 1968 Mercury Cougar


Ringbrothers has earned a reputation for building some of the very finest restomods on the planet, incredibly detailed rides that quite literally take things to the next level in terms of build quality. In the past, the builder has worked its magic on vehicles including the Ford F-100, Ford Mustang, and Ford Falcon, but now, it’s branching further out into the Blue Oval family with this amazing 1968 Mercury Cougar.

Ringbrothers started out by giving the 1968 Mercury Cougar a complete redo from the ground up, which included installing new floor pans and a new transmission tunnel. A complete DSE suspension and brakes were installed to give the classic ride modern handling characteristics, and a set of HRE Series C1 C103 forged three-piece wheels wrapped in Michelin tires help in that department as well.

Like all of Ringbrothers’ creations, the body of this Cougar is nothing less than perfection, massaged until it was arrow-straight and coated in an attractive green hue. All-new hardware complements the metalwork, including fresh bumpers, a new grille, and new badges. The same goes for the immaculate interior, which features a nice contrasting shade of tan covering most surfaces.

Of course, Ringbrothers couldn’t just stuff any old drivetrain in its masterpiece, so it went with a new third-generation Ford 5.0L Coyote V8 from the Ford Mustang that produces 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant breathes through a Flowmaster exhaust and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which in this case was lifted from a Ford F-150 Raptor.

“We put our heart into each car we build, and this Cougar is no exception,” said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. “The finished product is mild and classy, yet any enthusiast instantly knows it’s not stock. I imagine this is what Mercury designers would have come up with if they were building the Cougar today.”

“While we couldn’t bring the car to the SEMA Show, we hope it can be shown to the public soon,” added Mike Ring, co-owner of Ringbrothers. “We had never done a Cougar before, so this was a fun build. I love working with new shapes and coming up with new ideas.”

We’ll have more cool builds like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mercury news, Mercury Cougar news, and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.


Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Stephen Ketterer

    My hat’s off to Ring Bros. for tastefully working with the original artfulness of this great design! Quite frankly, the 1st-gen Cougar looks customized right from the factory. And, that green paint works perfectly!

  2. Roy Chile’s

    Great Job Ring Bro. A Beautiful Cougar Amazing color with the perfect Ford drivetrain choice, Classy and Timeless

  3. Bob

    Of course it has to have a Coyoder engine, 351C or 390FE would of been a better choice as well as 15″ magnum wheels instead of the ghetto fork lift wheeel/tire combo.
    Other than that, nice job.

  4. Bruce

    Ring Brothers always deliver excellent work on their restomods!

  5. Steven Eldridge

    Well done guys. Still wondering how a “frame off” restoration is done on a unibody car.

    1. Bob

      It’s MAGIC!

    2. RW

      Yeah, rotisserie is a better description in this case. But then again, I’m yet to meet an automotive journalist I liked. Enthusiast aren’t necessarily experts. That’s how so much false information is spread.

  6. RW

    Good job on a modern drivetrain. FE engines are extremely underpowered for their displacement and way to heavy for their power output. No sense in doing a restomod with a dinosaur under the hood. Even my Mom’s 68 Cougar received an 88 5.0L engine in 1989.

  7. Mike says..

    WOW….how can you not love cars?

  8. Wayne McCallum

    Had a 67 cougar with a 289 4V, at 70 mph the tires would still spin when you kicked it down to merge on the dry highway. Somebody tracked the car to me with the VIN and bought the car for the motor ( supposedly a very rare version of that particular engine), body was shot, shock towers though the fenders. Wish I still had the car.


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